Álvaro Fernández Fuertes


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  • Spanish

Álvaro Fernández Fuertes

Principal associate


Álvaro Fernández is a principal associate in the Criminal Law practice area, having joined Garrigues in 2005 as a member of the Criminal Litigation department.

He has extensive experience in acting as legal counsel in criminal proceedings involving crimes against property and the economic-social order; corporate crimes; crimes against the Public Finance and Social Security Authorities; crimes against health and safety at work; planning offenses; environmental crimes; crimes against the public authorities and the administration of justice (misfeasance in public office, bribery and corruption); crimes against privacy and the right to one’s own image; crimes against honor (false allegations and criminal insults); forgery; and crimes against persons (bodily injury and homicides caused by negligence).

He has represented clients in some of the most high-profile criminal proceedings to have taken place in the province of Alicante.

He also provides recurring advice on matters relating to corporate criminal law (compliance officer and corporate compliance).

Álvaro Fernández is a member of the Alicante Bar Association.

Academic background:

Degree in Law, Universidad de Granada.

Preparations to enter the judiciary (2001-2005).


He has written numerous articles and publications on criminal matters (“The criminal liability of developers in occupational accidents”; “Probation”; “Hackers and cybercrime; When is the cutoff for a victim of a crime to make a claim with a private lawyer?”; “Criminal costs”; “Plea bargaining in criminal proceedings”; “The new Criminal Code”; “Workplace harassment”; “Corruption in sport”; “Criminal protection of the financial markets”; “What penalties could be imposed in Spain for a case similar to the Facebook case?”, “The Reform of the Civil Procedure Law; Criminal procedure: Constitutional Court vs. Supreme Court”). (*)

He has lectured at countless seminars and conferences on criminal matters at a wide range of institutions representing the economy of Alicante (Alicante Business Center, Alicante Marble Association and Orihuela Chamber of Commerce): “Liability in the prevention of occupational accidents”; “Judicial coverage and forgery: analysis of the criminal reform of industrial property”; “The protection of trademarks and designs before the criminal courts”; “The imposition of criminal penalties on companies and Corporate Compliance Programs”; “New developments for companies ushered in by the reform of the Criminal Code of March 31, 2015”; “Criminal Compliance: external certification and other practical issues”; “Civil liability of directors and senior officers: legislative changes and new threats – cyber risks”; “Seminar on occupational health and safety in the mining industry”; “Solutions for cyber risks, criminal compliance and handling of proprietary data” (*)

(*) originally published in Spanish. See Spanish CV for more information.